Mastectomy surgery is a common procedure for transgender individuals assigned female at birth who are seeking a more masculine chest appearance. It is typically performed as part of female to male (FTM) gender confirmation surgery. The primary goal of mastectomy in transgender men is to remove breast tissue and create a more masculine chest contour.
During the surgery, the breast tissue is removed, and the nipple-areolar complex may be resized and repositioned to create a more masculine appearance. The specific technique used for mastectomy in transgender men can vary, and the choice of technique depends on factors such as the individual’s chest size, skin elasticity, and desired aesthetic outcomes.
Some common mastectomy techniques used for transgender men include:
⦁ Double Incision Mastectomy: This technique involves making horizontal incisions across the chest to remove breast tissue and excess skin. The nipple-areolar complex is usually resized and repositioned as a separate procedure. This technique is suitable for individuals with larger chests or significant breast tissue.
⦁ Peri-areolar or Keyhole Mastectomy: This technique involves making an incision around the areola to remove breast tissue. It is suitable for individuals with smaller chests and minimal excess skin. The nipple-areolar complex is generally preserved and resized, resulting in minimal scarring.
⦁ Inverted-T or Anchor Mastectomy: This technique is similar to the double incision mastectomy but includes an additional vertical incision from the breast crease to the nipple. It is used for individuals with moderate to large chests or excess skin.
It’s important to consult with a qualified surgeon who has experience in transgender mastectomy procedures to discuss the available techniques, expected outcomes, potential risks, and recovery process. The decision to undergo mastectomy surgery should be made in collaboration with healthcare professionals and in consideration of the individual’s unique needs and goals.